I wouldn't like to think(nor do I believe) that it is just a fad. The trick is, what's the balance point? I certainly wouldn't want to completely take away the history or the collective, decentralized nature totally. There is great power in that. However, there is also potential weakness in the same, so it can be a double edged sword. The subject probably bears discussion at some level and we(as individuals and as a whole) need to ask "Where from here?"